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6 Ways to Overcome Discomfort and Ask for What You Want

6 Ways to Overcome Discomfort and Ask for What You Want

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This is a reprint of the original article I wrote published by business collective here.

It’s tough to ask for what you want — but if you never ask, you’ll never receive.

As an entrepreneur, business builder and corporate ladder climber, I’ve had to get comfortable asking for what I want. It’s rarely given. The tough part is, as humans, we are typically uncomfortable not only in asking for what we want, but also how we ask for what we want. If I had a dime for every time I have been called aggressive, crazy, intense (or worse), I would have a lot of dimes. But I think about my personal motto:

Always ask for what you want. Always.
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About 7% of female MBAs attempt to negotiate vs. 57% of men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Always ask for what you want. Always. 

You will hands down never get what you don’t ask for. This is especially true for women and people of minority backgrounds. There is much research that proves that we don’t negotiate enough. If we look at salaries alone, it’s imperative. In Linda Babcock’s book, Women Don’t Ask, she found that about 7% of female MBAs attempted to negotiate, compared to 57% of men from the same program.

  • Assume you might get it. 

When you remove the fear from your ask, you are more thoughtful, you consider how to make it a win-win, and you become less emotional.

Let’s discuss how you earn your seat at the table.

 
 

Practice Your Pitch

Nothing beats practice. Start small. A perfect example is my most recent trip to Belize: Every time I checked into a hotel, bought an excursion or paid for just about anything, I asked for a discount. What happened? Every single hotel (four over two weeks) upgraded us and gave us anywhere from a 10% to a 30% discount.

Never say, “I want more money.” This rubs me (and many people) the wrong way.

Don’t Come in Committed to an Outcome

Come with options, not outcomes. Instead of saying X amount, consider flex work, vacation, and/or a virtual assistant. Get creative with your asks.

Related:  Negotiate Like A Girl: Because You Can Get What You Want

Explain Why You Deserve It

Never say, “I want more money.” This rubs me (and many people) the wrong way. When an employee comes to me with this language, I immediately calculate the percentage change they are asking for and say, “What are you doing to earn 35% more money?” Rarely do they have an answer. Often, they didn’t even realize they were asking for such a big percentage increase. Back up your asks with facts and numbers. Say, “I did X, Y and Z and my plan for the coming months is to accomplish this and that. I think the work I am doing is worth more than I am currently making. So, I wanted to talk to you about a pay raise.” Then, don’t say anything. Your manager may be about to let you know you’re going to get a raise higher than your ask.

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Tell the why before asking for the what.

 

Put Yourself in Your Boss’ (Or Counterparty’s) Shoes

What are their goals, and how can you align yours with theirs? If you’ve ever been asked for a raise by an employee, you’d know that there is only so much you can do. How can you put yourself on the other side of the table? When I first negotiated to get time off for an MBA and had my first company out of school pay for it, I started with my small ask first and I aligned our goals.

Your manager may be about to let you know you’re going to get a raise higher than your ask.

I said, “I’m committed to having a long career here and believe I need to better my skills in international business for us to really succeed, so I want to go back to school while working. If I can find a way to do that won’t interfere with getting my job done, and I promise to beat out my goals every single quarter or I’ll quit school, would you be open to it?” He said yes. Then I came back once I got in and said, “If I can get Georgetown to cover X percentage of the cost and beat sales goals by X, would you sponsor me for the rest of my schooling?” He said yes. I was planning on offering a longer contract with the firm as well but I held back. He said “yes” to all my asks.

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Don’t Make the First Move

Making your “opponent” like you is worth its weight in gold. Smile, cajole, and appeal to their better instincts. My go-to line is, “You can’t blame a girl for asking, can you?”

Related: Don't Be Afraid to Ask for What You Want

If you are negotiating a salary or package with a new gig and the person asks you what you make currently, you don’t need to answer. You can say, “’Well, I’m flexible depending on how you structure compensation for the growth potential and the right company fit long term. Would you be willing to share the rough salary range you have in mind for this position?” If they push you, say, “This is really not something I give out broadly. Kind of like a woman never tells her age. Why don’t you tell me what your range is and I’ll let you know if that fits my range.”

Confidence is everything.

Confidence is everything.

Play Hard to Get

The one who wants it less wins. So even if you want a new job, client or raise so badly you would sell out your mother, pretend you don’t. Say you have a job offer you’re dying to take, and are about to quit your current job anyway. Reframe your mindset. They must negotiate to get the best deal for their company and you must negotiate the best deal for you. You can say, “I’m really happy in my current role and growing immensely. I’m always open to the right opportunity at the right company, but I’m not actively looking.” Remember playing hard to get? In my experience, this increases your perceived value, and makes them want you more.

Remember the commandments and you just might always get what you want.

XOXO,

Codie - Let's chat on instagram @codiesanchez

How To Successfully Take Your Job On The Road

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How To Successfully Take Your Job On The Road

Originally written by Codie Sanchez (that's me!) for Forbes: here. 

I didn’t find the job, I created it.

When people find out what I do, often the first thing they say is, “How did you find a job that allows you to travel the world and do what you want?”

Then they say, “You’re so lucky.”

I answer, "Yes I am."

That said, my answer is always the same: “I didn’t find the job, I created it.”

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"I wanted to travel, see the world and make an impact."

When I started my career in finance, I wasn’t incredible. I was quite good but I was not the top performer at my company. I could pitch investors, make sales and perform financial analysis but I was new to finance. But here’s the thing: I didn’t want to spend my life behind a desk. I loved my job, but I wanted to travel, see the world and make an impact.

I found the intersection of talent. I wasn’t No. 1 in the world at one thing but I was very good at several, including finance, sales and speaking Spanish. I realized that I didn’t have to be the 1% because I had something better: a unique combination of skills that no one else had. I call this my leverage point.

I found where my average talents connected to make them unique.

Instead of quitting my job, I put together a business proposal for my boss at the time and said, “Look, I think there are investment opportunities in Latin America that we are missing out on. I want to take see if I can create business for our company down there.”

He was intrigued and gave me the go-ahead. When that first trip was successful, I asked for a month-long second trip. I extended that to two months, then six months. Finally, I proposed that we create a new position for me that would allow me to travel Latin America as much as I wanted, creating business and investment opportunities for my company and only paying me if they worked.

You may be thinking, “Hey that’s great for you, but my job isn’t remote.” Neither was mine until I proved that I could add value. Here’s how you can take your career on the road without taking a pay cut. Sound good?

Related: Travel for a Living

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"Find your leverage point..."

Make a list of two or three talents to combine and use them as your leverage point.

Find Your Leverage Point

Make a list of what you are good at. What two or three talents can you combine to use as your leverage point? Remember, you don’t have to be the world’s expert or even the most exceptional person at your company. It might be the fact that you have both technical skills and human resources qualifications so you can travel to overseas manufacturing plants for quality assurance and safety procedures. Maybe you are a writer and a business analyst and you can travel to clients and potential clients and create clear reports that describe what is happening there to your home office. The possibilities are endless because your leverage point is not based on a single skill but on a combination of several.

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
— Benjamin Spock

Do The Research

Once I found my leverage point, I began researching opportunities in Latin America. Latinos are the fastest-growing demographic in the U.S., meaning there are a lot of ties between U.S. and Latin American businesses. NAFTA and other free trade agreements, micromills and proximity to distribution mean that businesses are turning to Latin America instead of Asia for manufacturing. Plus, the growing startup scene in places like Chile, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil makes these countries a fertile playground. Go to Google, subscribe to the top newsletters on your area of interest, look at what your competitor firms are doing in the region and pretend like you are writing an article on the opportunity. Think like a journalist. Gather data.

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LatAm: The fastest-growing demographic..."

"...a fertile playground for investors..."

The hardest step to take is always the first one. The rest build momentum like a snowball downhill.

Make The Pitch

Once you have your leverage point and your data, make the pitch. Show them that you can bring more value to the company on the road. Ask for a trial run to prove yourself, a short trip with a specific purpose. And one last thing: Don’t ask for a higher salary. That will come after you have proved your value in this new role. Besides, you are about to start your dream job traveling the world. And you just got your company to pay for it. What more could you want?

The hardest step to take is always the first one.

The rest build momentum like a snowball downhill. Your goal here is to self-assess to find your leverage point, externally assess to find your supporting research and finally turn those two into a win-win case for you and your employer. Remember above all else, most people who have built incredible lives created them. They weren’t given them. That means all that stands between you and the life you want is yourself. 

XOXO,

Codie

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For True Innovation, Change the Way You Travel

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For True Innovation, Change the Way You Travel

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Not Your Dad's Meeting.

This is Corporate Retreats 2.0.

THIS IS A REPRINT FROM MY ARTICLE IN INC -- here. 

Remember when business retreats used to mean holing up in a Marriott or going on a corporate outing? I'm going to let you in on a little secret: Those days are over. Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, and they aren't satisfied with the status quo of older generations. With fast and affordable travel and a globalized economy, today's workforce is interested in experiences and adventures, not cocktails in the hotel lobby.

If I don't have your attention yet, these facts should help. Unemployment is at 4.1 percent, the lowest it has been in 17 years. Sixty-eight percent of all human resources heads say that talent shortage for full-time positions is one of the biggest challenges they are facing. What does this mean? It means that if you want to attract and keep talent, you need to differentiate yourself. Changing the way your company travels might be just what you need.

 

Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, and they aren’t satisfied with the status quo of older generations.

 

Creating New Experiences

A friend of mine told me a story that illustrates this perfectly. On a recent trip to Mexico City, his six-person consulting team shared an Airbnb rental in a trendy part of the city instead of paying for hotel rooms. In the evening, they hung out in the shared space of the high-rise apartment and sampled street food from the markets. Some members of his team extended their stay for the weekend and explored other parts of the country on their own. This unique bonding experience led them to an innovative breakthrough with their client and a pivot in the direction he took his business.

This unique bonding experience led them to an innovative breakthrough with their client and a pivot in the direction he took his business.
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Have passport will travel.

They aren't the only ones. My teams have been known to fly to Mexico, where they take boxing lessons in the evenings and tour our clients' construction sites during the daytime. We even made a trip over to Valle de Bravo for a sailing competition. We may have lost that competition to the point of near embarrassment, but we got to know our clients personally and our team made the kind of memories that families share. 

Related How to Travel & Make Money

Making Your Company Look Good

What do these trends mean for you and your company? It's time to think outside the box. When you begin planning your next business retreat, mid-year meeting or stakeholder conference, go for something different. For less than you would spend to take your team to a resort in Palm Springs, California, you can share in an international experience while improving employee retention.

 
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Currency arbitrage 

Desitinations half the price, double the bonding.

In other words, this is an easy way to make your company more attractive and earn bragging rights in your industry. After all, who doesn't want to be known as the company that takes vacations abroad? According to The Boston Consulting Group, companies that don't reach out to millennials today, risk missing the boat as they become the core producers and consumers in our society.

Related: My Restaurant Guide to Do Business in Mexico City

 

Planning a Company Trip 

Planning a company getaway to another country might be intimidating for the decision makers at your firm. That's why I recommend using one of the many travel-planning services that have popped up recently. Remember to price check and make sure the company you choose offers the type of experience you are looking for.

Corporate Retreat

" Hosting your company retreat is about innovating your company's culture."

When you get back to the office after a well-planned trip, expect to see better communication, increased efficiency and lower employee turnover.
— Codie Sanchez

One of my favorites tools for planning is Mezi. Think of it as a free, personal-travel virtual assistant. They take trips from a twinkle in my perpetually wanderlust-inclined eye to reality by booking everything from outings, restaurants, hotels and flights -- and ensure my team gets the best deals. And a couple services that I've researched and would like to try myself include Digital Outposts, which specializes in "workcations" from two weeks to two months long, and Surf Office -- a beachfront workspace that can accommodate up to 80 people.

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"I prefer Latin America..."

Then again, I'm a wee bit biased.

As for where to go, I prefer Latin America. You can find everything you need for a successful corporate outing at a great price. If you're looking for an authentic cultural experience, you can't beat it for its exotic food, fantastic music and friendly locals.

In my experience, people who travel and seek out new adventures are more innovative. And, often, when innovation grows among your employees, so does your bottom line.

In the end, hosting your company retreat is about innovating your company's culture. When you get back to the office after a well-planned trip, expect to see better communication, increased efficiency and lower employee turnover.

Still not convinced? I'll leave you with this. In my experience, people who travel and seek out new adventures are more innovative. And, often, when innovation grows among your employees, so does your bottom line.

So it's not a question of, "Can I afford to take my team overseas?"

It's a question of, "Can I afford not to?"

xoxo,

Codie

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Luck Favors the Bold

Go big... 

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Your Mic Drop Moment: How To Give A Talk To Remember

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Your Mic Drop Moment: How To Give A Talk To Remember

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Your Mic Drop Moment: How to Give a Talk to Remember

EXCERPT FROM FORBES ARTICLE I wrote: On April 21, 2016, while running along Lake Michigan after having one of those days, in between the sweat and a tear or two, I decided that I had a voice and I wanted to use it. I wanted to stand on stage and move people with my words.

"I decided I wanted to speak publicly, often and powerfully. This was a new feeling for me. They say public speaking is a bigger fear than death for most people"

I've always spoken inside of my companies, but have never spoken for a living. I'm a former journalist and always had the entrepreneurial bent that led to stages. On this day, I decided I wanted to speak publicly, often and powerfully. This was a new feeling for me. They say public speaking is a bigger fear than death for most people, and I was most people.

Earlier, an industry colleague had told me it was better than some people listen and not speak. Everyone in the room knew he meant me. I was too shocked to reply as snickers resounded. While I allowed myself to wallow in it for a moment my initial feelings of hurt turned to purpose. I decided to respond with, "All right, buddy. Just you watch me."

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I've been studying the language of public persuasion. For the last 515 days, I've been gathering intel on how the best of the best ensnare people with their words. I've given 83 speeches on a variety of subjects across the states and the Americas. I've made more mistakes in videos, live interviews, podcasts, radio shows, red carpets (that was an awkward one) and television shows than I’d like to admit. And I have practiced.

I've learned some beautiful things. My goal for you is that when someone dismisses you next; saying you can't, you aren't, you shouldn't, you say, "Go ahead. Just watch me." Here are my five key learnings: Your Mic Drop Moment: How To Give A Talk To Remember

"I was spending too much time perfectly writing out what to say and then alternatively not enough time practicing. This is a killer."

Related: How to Not Waste A Ton of Time At Work

Don't Spend Time On 'Perfect'

The No. 1 mistake I made initially was obsessing over my PowerPoint and script. I was spending too much time perfectly writing out what to say and then alternatively not enough time practicing. This is a killer. My process now is to outline the presentation, know the seed I want to plant in the audience's minds, write out the entire speech, then create a PowerPoint with pictures to trigger my memory, all as rapid-fire as possible.

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I record myself giving the full presentation three-to-five times before I go live without notes. If I can't do it without messing up, I go back to practicing. Just because it's written does not mean it's deliverable. It is much better to have a scantily prepared PowerPoint than to have a scantily prepared speech.

"Keep your focus and don't allow niceties to distract you from your goal. You're there to perform; not for small talk."

 

Give Yourself Space Prior

Almost every expert in every industry takes time in solitude prior to performing. There is a calming factor in rituals. Think about baseball players and how they step up to the plate, hit their feet with the bat and then zone in. Rafael Nadal's tennis pre-ritual is worth a chuckle and a watch.

The moral of the story is, don't feel bad for saying, "I like to have a few minutes of solitude prior to speaking." Keep your focus and don't allow niceties to distract you from your goal. You're there to perform; not for small talk.

Related: Dominate Powerpoint: Tom Jamieson Founder Slidebot

Layer Stories On Like Perfume

I don't memorize an entire speech -- ever. I layer my stories together. These are stories I have lived, read or used so many times that I could tell them in my sleep. This allows me to not only show my humanity and vulnerability, but tell a story in a way that feels like I’m talking to you in your living room, in our pajamas. I keep an Evernote of all of these snapshots of time, where just the title is a trigger for me to remember. For example, I know from these few words below where I want to go in my presentation. Can you come up with a similar list you can turn to again and again?

• Carmelita and her toothless smile (when I found my "why")

• The moment they told me "no" (when I was convinced to follow my "why")

• Doing the hard thing anyway (when I made my biggest, most painful life pivot)

"These days, we live in a world of 140 characters or fewer. Give the people what they want. "

 

Nail The Tweetable Moments

These days, we live in a world of 140 characters or fewer. Give the people what they want. What are those delicious little tidbits that your audience will hang on? Where can you insert soundbites that if they are delivered properly, absolutely send home your message? Then focus on landing those bad boys. I find that I weave the following one-liners in consistently. I believe them and I believe that the average person must hear something seven times before they remember it.

• "The few who do, not the many who speak."

• "If you do what the average person does, you will be as the average person is...average."

• "Surround yourself with those who feed your wild soul."

"The goal is akin to a movie or an Instagram scroll; you grab people’s attention through a sea of sameness."

Create Bold PowerPoints

I like PowerPoints for their visual effect and use as a trigger for my memory. However, my PowerPoints have a word or two, maybe a photo or at most one graph on them. The goal is akin to a movie or an Instagram scroll; you grab people’s attention through a sea of sameness. I rotate back and forth between using more malleable versions of the PechaKucha Method (essentially showing 20 slides each for 20 seconds) or the Lessig Method(showing simplistic slides with one word or image on them). It’s common sense but not common practice. Please don’t read off your slides, my friends.

Now go, use your voice and ensnare others with your words.

You deserve to be heard.

Here's more on the How --> Click here.

Un abrazo,

Codie

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My Most Personal Podcast Yet: Neeta Bhushan

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My Most Personal Podcast Yet: Neeta Bhushan


Almost a year ago I walked into a crowded cramped little cabin of a cruise ship for Summit at Sea, (think a young entrepreneurial invite only version of Davos and Burning Man all in one), and I stumbled upon a shining light of energy inside a tiny little body. That light was Neeta Bhushan.

Neeta is a best-selling author of Emotional Grit, a PhD in psychology and medicine, an international speaker renowned across Asia and India, has spoken at the likes of Google and Facebook, and is one of the key members of A-Fest (a grouping of global change makers with her life partner Ajit). She specializes in helping leaders develop emotional intelligence or as she calls it, “Emotional Grit,” as well as is in the midst of a new world speaking and event tour called Boundless.

 

On this podcast, Neeta and I get personal with it. You see she, like so many of us, had to go through a real trial to achieve greatness. She talks about her first marriage to an abusive spouse, to living in her car, to leaving it all behind to start afresh, to pushing past cultural norms as a self-identified “brown girl.”

We talk about how she creates a powerful relationship and success for each of them, how she travels the world while running a major business and non-profit, and the life lessons she wishes she had learned earlier. Neeta was a key trigger and drive in my life at a time that I truly needed it, I hope that you allow her to trigger you too.

Neeta was a key trigger and drive in my life at a time that I truly needed it, I hope that you allow her to trigger you too.
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While it's hard to pick a favorite.. I did. Here is my small, succinct but if you sit on it, absolute favorite quote from Neeta:

Is what you’re doing really worth it?

Take a moment, put in your headphones, sit back, relax, and get ready for a ride. 

Love you animals,

Codie

To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. 

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How Selling Hot Dogs Led to Funding from Silicon Valley Who's Who

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How Selling Hot Dogs Led to Funding from Silicon Valley Who's Who

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Sam Parr, CEO of The Hustle Tells His Wild Story...

"And how butterfingers are the key to happiness…"

Real talk. I haven’t laughed this hard or wanted to steal so many one liners on the podcast before. I really shouldn’t be surprised because my guest is SamParr, CEO & Founder of TheHustle.co. Sam is just about as quirky, funny, and strangely poignant as his site and newsletter.

I mean what can you expect from a dude who went from owning a hot dog company in Nashville, with commentary such as, “if you can sell meat on the street to strangers something good is going on,” to running a site with over 200k subscribers and millions of people frequenting his website.

It all started for him with HustleCon. A conference he created after he had sold one of his startups in Silicon Valley and was looking to surround himself with the smartest of the smart by hosting an event chock full of them. Maybe stimulating his next idea or two. He figured he’d lose some money, but gain a killer network. Turns out he got both. He made $60k on HustleCon, and a few years down the road they make a heck of a lot more than that and have thousands of attendees listening to hundreds of striving weirdos (my favorite types of humans).

We get into how Sam has systematically cultivated a Zero F’s attitude, the one piece of advice he gives to all salespeople, the thing he thinks we will look back on in 20 years and be amazed by, as well as what he tells himself when he is told, "No, you can't."

Spoiler: "Is it impossible according to the laws of physics? Hmm.. then watch me."

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Love you Animals,

 CODIE

To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing.

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Learn A Language in 3 Months. Seriously.

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Learn A Language in 3 Months. Seriously.

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Portuguese in 3 Months: Yup.

Goal: I want my nickname to be Codie the Carioca

They call people from Rio Carioca's. #funfact

So the real goal is: Portuguese Fluent (B2 level proficiency) in three months. If you think I'm crazy, you might be right. But I also am impatient and have used this same strategy with Spanish and shared it with dozens of others who have used it to gain fluency without the pain of highschool Spanish re-runs.

 

Timeline: 13 weeks - To small bathing suits & coconuts

 

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Before I engage in any activity I also start with the why behind it. Let's face it big goals are hard to accomplish. It's easy to push them off and even easier to start and quit. If you don't remember why it is so important to you to learn you never well. 

And then you'll wake up one day and life will have passed you by. And so will Rio. 

So my why is: 

Why: I want to push my mind to grow in all ways, I want to open the world of opportunities, cultural experiences, insights into local countries, get over my fear of speaking poorly, increase my brain function and retention.

Ultimately I want to be trilingual because that sounds PDR: Pretty Damn Rad.  

FUN FACT FOR YOU: Every single step I have in this guide, works for every language. It's how I learned Spanish and now run an international business in Latin America in 3 months. And I have the memory of a Goldfish. If I can do it, you can too. 

 

It’s how I learned Spanish and now run an international business in Latin America in 3 months. And I have the memory of a Goldfish. If I can do it, you can too. 

 

Daily Actions, Tasks and Resources

✓Learn most frequent words first (around 200-500) - use Anki (app) for most frequent words flashcards.

✓Cognates search and memorize - To find common words with the language you are learning, simply search for “[language name] cognates” or “[language name] English words."

✓Listen and read Portuguese - TuneIn.comAlexa’s ranking of top sites per country, watch and listen to Brazilian news and podcasts.

✓Learn general phrases - http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/portuguese_br.php

✓Use italki.com and speak with another 1 hour a day.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
— Nelson Mandela

THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT:

✓Have a list of topics you would like to discuss and bring them up. For example: your hobbies, hopes for the future, dislikes, what you will do on your vacation, how to pick up chicks, no judgement.

IF you don't pick your topics... 

They are going to make you talk about groceries and dogs and cats and things that honestly I glaze over even pondering in English. Keep it relevant, fun and keep yourself awake for the love of all the is holy.

The more fun you can make this exercise, the better. I go to a cafe that's beautiful while I learn. I treat myself to an amazing coffee and dessert. I dress up for it and meander around afterward.

It's the best part of my day. That is the secret. 

My Favorite Topics:

☑︎Explain to me your country, your city, your town, your culture, what is it like?

☑︎What do you do for a living, what do you wish you did, what do you do for love/passion

☑︎What is your favorite part of Portuguese culture

☑︎Where are you from or where are you staying? So we can ahem, netflix and chill? 

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Você gosta de surfar?

Do you like to surf?

Free services to use:

Because why pay for things when they give them away for free? 

►The Foreign Service Institutes’ varied list of courses.

►The Omniglot Intro to languages

BBC languages’ intro to almost 40 different languages.

About’s language specific posts that explain particular aspects of languages well:

► Most common words in Portuguese.

These apps and website are game changers. I literally can't imagine why anyone goes to a traditional college for language anymore. Waste of money. 

I literally can’t imagine why anyone goes to a traditional college for language anymore. Waste of money. 

1 - readlang.com - this website lets you read papers, articles and stories in different languages. The best part is if you don't know a word or phrase you can click on it and it will give you the translation. You can then put that phrase into a notecard to be reviewed later.
 
2 - memrise.com - a site that I think is better than duolingo, gives you similar exercises but they are not all rudimentary like duolingo.

3 - fluentu.com - takes real world music videos, commericals, etc and turns them into learning exercises, lets you learn REAL WORLD language skills, not old outdated phrases.

4 -  Youtube channel This is for Portuguese as well. 

Progress Goals: 

Peter Drucker says what gets measured gets managed. I believe him. So I write out my goals and then I track them on my Way of Life App. 

💡 I will speak the language daily

💡 I will read study and watch Portuguese daily

💡 I will write Portuguese daily

 

Game Plan: (2 hours daily): That was my plan, the reality is that one hour is more reasonable for me. 

🏆 One hour Italki call 5x a week

🏆 Duolingo Daily for 3 lessons.

🏆 Rotate in one additional activity daily -aka flashcards, general phrases, listen or watch movie in it (dealers choice)

🏆 Track in wayoflifeapp

Varying Actions I Can Take:

  • One hour italki call daily
  • Do Duolingo daily
  • Use Anki for most common words
  • Listen to Brazilian news, podcasts, movies etc
  • Learn and use most general phrases link
  • Use BBC, foreign service or about posts to learn
  • Explore the culture through activities
  • Commit two hours a day to Portuguese
  • Read the books given to me in Portuguese
  • Use Learn Portuguese for Spanish speakers book 
  • Write daily Portuguese journal 

How to Measure Success:

☞ Carry on a conversation with a stranger related to introduction, who am I, how is my day going, where am I from, what do I do, how do I like Brazil, and ask them the same questions. Not rocket science but if I can do that I feel comfortable in a language.

☞ Take the TOEFL exam and hit an intermediate proficiency level. This one is for you animals like me, you status quo breakers. This ain't an easy test. Good for you if you go after it.

Reward:

Sticks and carrots are very powerful tools. If I'm going to work hard at something I like to treat myself afterwards so I plan on doing just that!

🇧🇷If I follow the game plan and hit goals by my end date and I will go to carnival and dance samba on a float.🇧🇷 

  NO BIG DEAL... this WILL BE ME.

NO BIG DEAL... this WILL BE ME.

I'm amazed at what we all can accomplish when we set a goal, quantify it, use the resources available to us and stick it out on average for 30, 60 to 90 days. 

Obrigada,

Codie

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How to Travel & Make Money?

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How to Travel & Make Money?

 Office chair redefined... p.s. all these clothes are thanks to  PrAna . Get you some. 

Office chair redefined... p.s. all these clothes are thanks to PrAna. Get you some. 

Getting Lost to Get Found

I have a belief that if you follow your adventure while traveling, you’ll find yourself and perhaps, make money while you do it. That's why I partnered with PrAna to dig deeper into consciously consuming around this beautiful world of ours (see me sporting all their lovely threads!). You see, I’m an Adventure Capitalist at heart. What is that? It’s that roaming soul who follows their adventure to create an opportunity for themselves and others. It’s the explorer who looks at the world around them and is brimming with questions. It’s the human that when they see opportunity, they seize it. I first discovered it with Jim Rogers book of the same name.

Us adventure capitalists, we’re the wanderers, the curious, the Magellan’s who don’t travel to escape but to create. 

If you follow your adventure, you’ll find yourself and perhaps, discover a new person entirely.

We consume and create consciously, focusing on that intersection of passion, profit, and purpose. Many don’t know it yet, but we are the next generation. If you’re one of my tribe of creators, or just curious about how to become one and release that inner wild soul of yours, let me take you on a journey. 

We consume and create consciously, focusing on that intersection of passion, profit and purpose.

My story started years ago as a journalist along the US/Mexico border (you can view my video here) where I got lost to ultimately get found. It continued through finance and corporate America, but it accelerated the moment that I stopped playing by the rules. It took off the moment I focused on becoming a healthier, happier, well-traveled, more interesting human and applying those lessons to business and lifestyle design. That decision to be my crazy self despite the rules led me to understand finance, international business and how to make the globe my office. It led me to the belief that how I consume, create, and cultivate teams and relationships are the most important things I can ever focus upon. 

 

You see I used to have many days spent watching the clock, getting a case of the Monday dreads on Sunday afternoon, counting the days to Friday and otherwise having steady anxiety about my job. Because I used to think that in order to be truly successful you had better bide your time, climb along with everyone else, and maybe even had to wear matching business suits. The horror. 

 

Then one day I picked up The Four Hour Work Week, like so many other young millennials. I read it cover to cover, then I read The Hard Thing About Hard Things, then I read Man’s Search for Himself. And what happened after blending this idea of working to produce, not to log time, with how to build a company, with why it all matters, and finally with how to find yourself, led me to follow my adventure. I left my gig at Goldman Sachs at the time and started traveling for a living in the world of international investments across the Americas. I found this niche that fit me. Emerging economies that necessitated speaking Spanish, where my unique experiences created an edge, and where opportunity abounds because it is just a bit more chaotic than the U.S. 

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Have Passport

WILL TRAVEL... ALWAYS

So I started traveling south, almost weekly. I explored countries like Chile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, and Paraguay to name a few. I was hooked. I realized how you can feasibly make the world your office, can adventure consciously, make money while traveling and then consume so much more thoughtfully.

 

It’s why I partner with companies like PrAna, certainly because I love their sustainable, killer active lifestyle clothing (plus they have their HQ in my second home Carlsbad!), but also because they walk my kind of talk. See it here. With motto’s like “OUR MISSION IS TO INSPIRE HEALTHY, ACTIVE, AND FREE-SPIRITED LIVING,”

Or how they write stories about… “Far off places, inspiring people, and tales that need telling,” what is not to be intrigued by.

 

So if you are with me, if a bit of wanderlust flows through your veins, the question becomes how do you create a life yourself that follows your adventure? When I realized this, my adventure truly began…

Us adventure capitalists, we’re the wanderers, the curious, the Magellan’s who don’t travel to escape, but to create. 

 

When I Found the Travel Secret:

Start with WHY it matters at all..
The secret is that exploring is as crucial to our evolution beyond primates and past the unrealized 80%, as water is to a plant, or as tequila is to my personal sanity. It's a tactile education that opens your eyes, your ears, your soul to all the possibilities inherent in the world. If you can internalize the resounding belief that your adventures further your education, you are on the path.

My suggestion: Read the book Walden. Opens your eyes to the beauty of travel. 

 

Learn the Solo Routine:

“What do you mean you are going to Patagonia by yourself?” just about everyone questioned me. I would reiterate, “I am going by myself because I want to. I'm just heading down south and seeing where it takes me. No itinerary and probably the wrong shoes.”

To which at the end of this conversation most people say, “Be safe,” and promptly switch topics. Here's the thing I'm 30, not 22. Solo international travel is utterly questionable to most people, especially considering I have a relatively high-powered job, familial obligations and then throw on that I travel almost weekly regardless. However, the truth is, if you don't go now you just may never go.

My suggestion: Plan a solo getaway. Could be nothing more lavish than a road trip. Travel courage is a muscle, you just need to flex it. 

The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
— Henry David Thoreau.

When the Inevitable Moment Comes SEIZE IT:

Seizing every opportunity in my life is one of the key reasons I've been successful, in a slightly less horrifyingly caricature of Jim Carey in the movie Yes Man, (where he says yes to everything). I do try to take on as many experiences as humanly possible. Carpe Diem may have become a cliché but it became one for a reason, we so very seldom do in fact seize the day. Instead, one day rolls into the next until we look back and exclaim where did the years go? In this way, we fantasize about the future and what we will do with it while putting off today what we will supposedly do tomorrow.

My suggestion: Start with waking up an hour before you normally do. Get work in early and learn to produce at level that is above those around you, freedom is given to those that produce.

 

Your Job Title Is Not Sit At Desk All Day Associate

I want you to ask you a question; are you paid specifically to be present at your desk from 9-to-5? Is your job title, “On Location for 8 Hours Associate”? For most, I doubt it. Your job is related to what you do not how long it takes you to do it. If my team can do in 4 hours what the other teams do in 8, all the better. The rest of the time should be theirs to grow, engage and become better humans. The problem is we need to get your bosses, or if you own your own business yourself, to understand this, and set measurable goals to get the job done while not requiring your entire life be spent doing it. So can you realize that your biggest opponent is yourself? That you haven’t tried to ask the question of, HOW can I become a nomadic capitalist? 

My suggestion: Go to your whiteboard. Or buy one if you don't have one. Write on there how could I travel more and earn money while doing it? Write up as many solutions as possible. See what happens when you start testing them. But be ready, once you take the red pill... you'll never go back.

 

Consume More Consciously

Unless you're hiding a trust fund like Trump, travel may be something that seems to be for those lucky few without real responsibilities. If you are feeling like you don't have the time, the money, the opportunity, start adding by subtracting. So that means we buy less, better things. That next graphic tee you see, skip it. Invest in conscious pieces, reduce, reuse, recycle your wardrobe and your wallet. 

My suggestion: Go to your closet. What in there can you sell online on ebay? Repeat with every room in your house. Money is literally surrounding you. Start making room in your wallet and in your space to allow in the new. AND try a spending hiatus. I like to think of this like a juice cleanse. Before you buy anything you have to wait 24 hours to pull the trigger. It's amazing how many small dimes will accumulate. 

Travel Purposefully

I travel every week. However, I cannot remember the last time I took a trip and didn't incorporate work into it. AND I love that. We aren't talking the kind of work you gouge eyes out over, we are talking playing for a living. Before I took my last two-week trip to Belize here is my list of how I maximized travel so I can do more of it (now you can too):

  1. I reached out to every single hotel to ask for discounts. I got one at every hotel.
  2. I reached out to brands/hotels to see if they would sponsor parts of it in exchange for content.
  3. I got up at 6am every day on vacation and worked the first two hours to fund it. Emails & coconuts baby.
  4. Setup meetings with 3 people I found interesting and that I could potentially collaborate with in country. Email is so powerful. 
  5. I'm a points savage. I use them everywhere and accumulate thoughtfully. 

My suggestion: Try some form of mixing my tactics above. 

So in the words of PrAnaLive fully, play long, and travel well. 

Or as I would say, Follow your adventure.. it’ll take you where you need to go.

Love you animals,

Codie

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of prAna. The opinions and text are all mine. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

 

 

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Nathan Chan: The 20 Something w/ Millions of Followers & One Ridiculous Rolodex

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Nathan Chan: The 20 Something w/ Millions of Followers & One Ridiculous Rolodex

CEO Of Foundr Magazine on How He Built One Crazy Business

Just a short few years ago Nathan Chan (@foundr) was a young 20 something fixing computers in the IT department in corporate cubicle land. Then something happened that made him say never again. A moment, and a collection of moments compounded, changed everything. Now Nathan is the CEO and Founder of the aptly named Foundr online magazine, he’s amassed millions of listeners and followers, built a business with revenues above 7 figures and as you can imagine, probably now has a dude to fix his computers.

A moment, and a collection of moments compounded, changed everything.

So what’s Foundr and what’s the big deal about that? Well, as we were recording this podcast Nathan had just returned from interviewing Tony Robbins in NY. That’s kind of a like a typical Tuesday for Nathan. He’s a humble sort of bloke, so I’m sure he’s reading this and eye rolling at my pontification, however you guys tell me what you think. His first interview was with Sir Richard Branson and the cover of his magazines has been graced by names like Arianna Huffington, Gary Vaynerchuck, Marie Forleo, Daymond John, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss just to name a few. So let’s just say he plays with some big fish.

 

Cool for Nathan, but how is that useful for you? On this podcast Nathan gave me the green light to ask him some questions he’d never been asked before. We dig into the moments he, just like all of us, was told NO. That he wasn’t enough, that he couldn’t, that it wasn’t impossible but for him it was. We talk about how he overcame those moments. He gives us his recipe for how to get in front of big names and absolutely what NOT to do when reaching out to just about anyone. Some of my favorite moments are at the very end where we get into where he would escape if convicted of a hideous crime, and his biggest mistakes.

I hope you have a nice adult beverage, snuggled up somewhere and ready to listen to our conversation ripe with questions not appropriate for the dinner table.

Cheers My Animals,

Codie

 

To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing.

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How to Get Passive Income & Become An Expert

How to Get Passive Income & Become An Expert

So Easy, Your Grandma Could Do It.

 

If there is one thing I could push every single person I meet to do it is this.. 

(Start here  Squarespace  – use code CSANCHEZ for 10% off).

 

What is the Key You Ask?

The world is a changing. Can you remember the days when cover letters, hard copy resumes, and handshakes were the only ways people grew their networks and largely their income as a byproduct? Now LinkedIn has almost evaporated resumes, business cards are turning into twitter handles, and cover letters are absolutely replaced by short, succinct emails. Can you remember the days when people had pensions and stayed at jobs for twenty years?

Now we stay at jobs on average 2-5 years MAX.

It feels uncertain this world we live in, with change as the only constant. We all want to progress, to grow our salary, to grow our career, to grow our online business and ultimately our paycheck.

Many still think that the key to passive income is the "Rich, Dad Poor, Dad" argument of buying houses or hard assets and continuing to invest in them and live off the residual income.

But, as you well know, the average housing price is not cheap my friends.  It is not easy to build a real estate empire. In fact, as James Altucher says, I'm kind of against the whole real estate game. It doesn't seem like a good idea to me to put 60-70% of my savings into one investment that actually costs me money every year, that could potentially drop in price.

There are so many easier ways to make money. 

So maybe if passive income through real estate isn't as easy as it once was, we think the key to getting bigger and better jobs or promotions is using recruiters, LinkedIn, company hopping.

Here's the problem:

  • you could get fired
  • you could get sick
  • your company could get sick aka go away
  • your industry could go away

AND THEN.. your one source of income goes to NO sources of income. How much cooler if you worked at your job because you loved it and your company? As I do. Instead of because you were scared you'd be homeless? 

NOT TO MENTION - if we are talking real wealth, millionaire status, a vast majority of millionaires have 3 or more sources of income..

  • 65% of self-made millionaires had three streams of income.
  • 45% of self-made millionaires had four streams of income.
  • 29% of self-made millionaires had five or more streams of income
Here’s the problem, the average millionare has more than 3 sources of income

That is because the wealthy know a secret, the secret is that you want to pull people, income, opportunities, clients to you by being sought after, not by pushing your resume, email, business card at others. And certainly not by singularly relying on one company or job.

THAT IS WHY:

I believe the KEY to that is becoming an expert in your field (full guide here).

To be an expert means people will come to you, give you opportunities. Opportunities to invest, to interview, to network, to speak, to be on TV, to write, to be on podcasts, to increase your network. Because being an expert these days truly means: "It's not what you know, it's who knows that you know it!"

It’s not what you know, it’s who knows that you know it?

 

Let’s get technical with a few numbers for you quant minded individuals like myself, soak in these statistics:

 

94% of recruiter’s vet candidates online before hiring

These guys all make millions with only a laptop

82% of recruiters leverage candidates online brand to recruit managers

73% of 18-34 year olds found their last client or job online

- 61% of people with a website say they got their last client or job from it

 

If we don’t embrace the inevitable shift in how we communicate, how we grow our network, and how ultimately I believe we will monetize, we are leaving a monumental opportunity untouched. But if you are any normal human, becoming a renowned expert is like a game of Chicken or the Egg, we don't know how to build a following until we have a following, and to break into the realm of expertise seems um, daunting, to say the least. 

BUT Codie, how do we do that? 

 How do we build our brand outside of our corporate spheres, or build them both simultaneously? This question is a bit akin to how does one get hired or promoted. Read more in my post here about how to market yourself online

BUT deep breath... let’s start with one small step you can do in 24 HOURS. 

HOW TO create a brand for yourself on your own platform. 

 

If you do nothing else but you go out right now I would urge you to do this.

 

 

BUILD A PERSONAL WEBSITE

 

Whether you are in college, high-school, in corporate America or a freelance consultant, these days you can create your own website for less than $20 and in less than 24 hours. Whether it only has your resume on it, your face and links to your social media, your mission of why you go to work each day, if you build it turns out some weirdos like us are also into it. I know guys that have grown hundreds of thousands of subscribers and gotten VC money off of a "millennial bro newsletter."

So worry less about exactly what your niche is and worry more about getting your name searchable on the airwaves. In fact Summit Series, the Millennial/Gen X who's who for entrepreneurs won't bring you in unless you are "Googleable," aka have an online presence. 

I promise.. it's easy... 

I will show you how I did it, and (don't tell anyone) I'm a tech moron.

I'll show you how to simply buy your domain name, throw together a pre-made beautiful website from a site like Squarespace, and update it with what you want to highlight.

Those simple steps are what led me to do all this, including red carpet interviews with Gloria Estefan, being on the Today Show, Telemundo, Forbes and Entrepreneur, and speaking at conferences in front of thousands.

You will be the 1%. In fact, I just spoke to a bunch of students at Cornell and less than 10% of them have a personal website. And they are the 1%. 

When you start putting your name out into the online universe, things will happen for you, I promise. I’ll break down how I built mine and taught innumerable others to do the same on the quick.

It’s simple, I dare you to be one of the few that does instead of the many who talk…

 

OK ARE YOU READY TO BUILD A WEBSITE? 

 

STEP 1: Pick your provider

There are tons of options, Wix, WordPress and hosting sites like HostGator, GoDaddy etc etc. I have a personal mantra which is; What if it was easy?

So that motto led me to Squarespace.. (Use code: CSANCHEZ for 10%).. Last time I check it's $5 a month. You can afford that. 

Their motto is – websites, beautifully, simply designed.

 

It was hands down the easiest, most professional and insanely beautiful websites I could find. I truthfully only ever promote brands I use, and that I love. I was approached by almost all the sites mentioned in this article to promote theirs and turned them down.

 

Why? When I went to Squarespace HQ and heard their CMO (Derek Lee) explain their aesthetic and then sat down with Amory Wooden (their Head of Marketing) I absolutely got it.

Between the modern lines, industrial feel, and jaw dropping interior of their building I could see they simply breathed life beautifully simply designed.

They walk the talk. That means your website is going to make you look wayyyyy more professional than perhaps you are. 

 

So here’s the skinny.. all in one you can have a website builder, blogging platform, hosting service, and a domain name registrar. As opposed to using multiple providers. The key for me was simplistic. With a site like WordPress you have much more flexibility but it is incredibly more complex.

I kind of think of Squarespace like an iPhone, it just works beautifully, easily and without a lot of glitches.

I think of WordPress or the other sites a bit like an Android phone, it’s more open architecture so if you are a pro or want to hire someone maybe WordPress is more for you. These two options in my humble opinion are the best ones.

I had my last businesses website on WordPress and what I loved about it was we had a developer/website manager and so he would handle the backend and it was infinitely editable. What I struggled with is that my personal website isn’t that complex to necessitate hiring someone. I wanted easy… aka Squarespace so here’s the how, now that you know the why.

 

How to create a website with Squarespace:

 

Step 1: You need a domain

(that’s just www.codiesanchez.com or whatever you want your website URL to be). Go on Squarespace website and type in the domain you would like to purchase.


 

 

When you find the domain you like, purchase it, and Congrats! It’s Yours! Was that hard?

 

Already have a domain? Let's move on to the next step.
 

 

 

 

Step 2: Selecting a template.

Squarespace has more beautiful, professionally designed templates than Kim K has red bottomed shoes in her closet. You can pick from a variety of categories depending on if you want a personal brand site, blog, photography journal, ecommerce site etc. Select the category that tickles your fancy with your type of website, and choose the template that makes you feel like a happy little clam.

 

After you find the template you like, start creating your website using Squarespace 14-day free trial (register here).

 

 

Step 3: Start filling in your website information.

 

Now that you’ve signed up. You will find yourself logged into a new site. Yup, two steps to you technically having a site.

On the left, you will see a navigation as below:

 

 

 

Step 4: Design Your Website

 

Now the fun begins. These navigation are the tools that make up the content of your website. Personally I like to jump around and play with this portion myself. There is very little you can do to screw it up, so I think the best way to learn is to start clicking and playing inside with changes but for you check-listers below is step by step detail.

REMEMBER - Just throw up your name, a photo and a link to your website if you are feeling overwhelmed. That is ALREADY A HUGE WIN.

 

Let's start by clicking at the ‘Design' button.

 

Here you can add your Logo and Title for your website.

 

After setting Logo and Title for your website, you can now set the basic information.

 

Go to your 'Home', then 'Settings', then choose 'Basic Information'

 

Here you can choose your type of website, anything from Commerce, Business, Non-Profit, to Personal.

 

Under the site type, you can enter the description for your website like the picture below.

 

 

Step 5: Creating Pages

 

Your site consists of pages in a navigation menu and additional unlinked pages. Below is how to create new pages and organize content using features like Index Pages and Folders.

 

For editing and adding Pages, select “Pages" from the Home menu. Click the “+” sign next to the Navigation and to the types of page you would like to create in your site.

 

 

My website is focused mainly on my speaking gigs and my blog, therefore, the top three page features we use are 'Page', 'Index', and 'Blog'. When creating a new content, you need to choose the 'Page Title', and the format that you want for your page.

 

Next, you need to edit your page's settings, which include Navigation Title, Description, and the URL Slug. Clicking the 'Enabled' button means you allow your page to be seen by your audiences, otherwise, you are the only person to see it.

 

 

Index Page is a page that organize content from multiple pages into a single location. Every temple's Index Page has its own design and behavior.

Adding an Index Page is like adding a page. Except that you could drag the page down to make it a part of an Index Page, or adding pages under it.

 

You can then open the 'Page Settings' and choose 'Media' to update a banner image for that page.

 

Adding as many pages as needed by clicking 'Add Page'.

 

If you don't want the Index Page to be shown on your home page, simply drag it down to the Second Navigation, where it says 'Not Linked'.

 

 

Blog is where I spend most of my time. Adding a Blog is like adding a page. A Blog is a folder where you can add as many blog posts as you would like to and thus have rolling content.

 

Click here for our guide to creating a blog post. 


 

Step 6: Upgrade Your Website

 

After designing your site, your trial page will eventually need to be upgraded.

 

You can upgrade the trial by purchasing Squarespace subscription here and add a custom domain. You can create as many sites as you want with a Squarespace account, however, each site has its own subscription. You can pay for your site every month or on a yearly cycle. You can upgrade your trial at anytime by selecting 'Settings' > 'Billing and Account' > 'Billing'. When you upgrade your site, your trial content will still be there.

 

If you want multiple people editing your site, you can send them contributor invitation by selecting 'Settings' > 'Permission' > 'Invite Contributor'

 

To manage your domain, you can select 'Settings' > 'Domain'. Your site has a default squarespace.com domain that was automatically generated from your first and last name when you signed up for a trial. If you want to change what appears before squarespace.com, select the domain and then edit the site ID.

 

You can also add a custom domain, with this, you will still see your Squarespace domain when log in your website, but your customers will only see your custom domain when you set it up as your primary one.

 

To set up a custom domain, you have three options:

 

  1. If you have an annual plan, you can register a squarespace managed domain, and the first year is free.
  2. If you don't have an annual plan, you can buy the domain through squarespace as well.
  3. If you have a domain with a third-party, you can use it as well.

 

Step 7: Connecting Your Social Accounts and Viewing Analytics

 

You can increase your online presence with your social accounts.  

To do this, Select 'Connected Accounts'

Then, click on “Connected Accounts" and add your social medias account like I did my below. The default icons will then appear in your headers or footers. With my template, it appears at the footers.

 

Another way to manage your site is through data on traffics. A new site does not have any data yet, but overtime, you can view it through 'Analytics' in your Home menu.

 

 

 

Step 8: Start Promoting this Bad Boy

 

You can promote it on your Instagram profile, here’s our guide on how to build your IG up to do just that. You can promote it on twitter as we do here. Or on Facebook as we do here.

 

Remember, your goal is to promote yourself as an expert. You want to build your kingdom so regardless of what happens at your company, in your industry, in life in general you yourself are sought after. That is where the power is.

 

Let the adventure begin…

(Start here Squarespace – use code CSANCHEZ for 10% off).

 

Cheers,

 

Codie